I have added a few languages to this blog through Google translate. I hope that it may be accurate enough with the communication of ideas.
Witam! (Polish translation of Welcome)
Witam w moim polskim blogu! Mój pradziadek został osierocony w czasie epidemii grypy w 1918 roku i spędził wiele lat poszukując swojego rodzeństwa. Część rodziny pozostała w Chicago a część wróciła do Polski. Część rodziny była katolikami a część, jak przypuszczam, wyznania mojżeszowego. Piszę w moim blogu o rzeczach które odkrywam i o których dowiaduję się mając nadzieję, że pomogą one wszystkim zainteresowanym w ich własnych poszukiwaniach. Wierzę, że ten blog pomoże mi w skontaktowaniu się z ludźmi którzy wiedzą coś na temat osób ktorych poszukuję. Zdjęcia cyfrowe lub linki umieszczone są w większości moich komentarzy i artykułów, można więc otworzyć je na cały ekran. Gorąco zachęcam do komentarzy. Proszę wpisać się do księgi gości i podać kogo Państwo szukacie. Może będziemy mogli pomóc sobie nawzajem, ponieważ nie jest łatwo znaleźć dane których szukamy. Mam nadzieję, że zainteresuje Państwa odkrywanie ze mną tajemnic przeszłości. Mam rówież nadzieję poznać lepiej moje polskie dziedzictwo.
Dodałam do mojego blogu automatyczne tłumaczenia poprzez Google. Ufam, że będą wystarczające w zrozumieniu o czym jest mowa w artykułach i komentarzach.
Dziękuję! - Julie
09 December 2010
28 November 2010
10 October 2010
St. Florian Church video clip
Unfortunately I can't get a direct link to the video to work. So follow these three steps:
1) Click on the above "St. Florian Church video clip."
2) Go to the brown boxes with words, click on "historia parafii".
3) Scroll down to and select "zabacz film o parafii"
A friend and relative watched this clip. She told me about what was said and shown. Here are some things she told me about, that I thought you might find interesting in this video clip:
I hope you'll check out this great visual site, the Catholic Church made available, about the history of this church.
29 August 2010
I told a friend that I haven't found any Sanetras in holocaust or concentration camp records, but I know these records are just starting to go online. He sent me this link to Auschwitz records. I don't know who these Sanetras are yet. But the name Sanetra is not very common, and they lived near my Sanetras. My first reaction was shock. I was stunned at how many Catholics were in Auschwitz! This list (60 thousand) was about half Catholics and half Jews. I never knew it was like that. When I asked other people if they knew it was this bad, (this many Polish Catholics in addition to Polish Jews were killed), they were stunned like I was. I just had no idea the Poles were targeted this severely! I asked a Polish friend some questions, and she was surprised we didn't know. So today, I write about what I learned this week, in the hopes we may go learn more history and know this part of our history a little better.
I knew that besides Jewish, there were others in the concentration camps, like: gypsies, Russians, and anyone deemed a political threat. Then I wondered, how was it "justified" on paper if they weren't Jewish? Was everyone not Jewish (in Auschwitz) labeled as a political threat? Were Poles targeted because Poland had been a haven to Jews for hundreds of years? I know we can't really understand the insanity of those who murdered millions of people. I was thinking in terms of record keeping, but even that is beyond what I can comprehend.
Wikipedia states 146,000 non-Jewish Poles were estimated to have died in Auschwitz. Wiki also quotes:
There are now four places I've seen records for Auschwitz, and they're all a little different. The Auschwitz foundation page explains that when Nazi's knew the troops were coming, they started mass destroying records. But multiple records were kept. The Auschwitz Foundation is collecting any record relevant to Auschwitz. They have received other records for other concentration camps in this process. The foundation is working on a way to archive and make those records accessible too.
1) Here is the link I was sent, where I first realized how many Catholics were there too. (Orthodox and Roman Catholic notated). This link is set to the "S" page, for a Sanetra search. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can see the alphabet and go to other surnames. This database is about people who died at Auschwitz, with a death certificate issued by camp doctors. (free record search)
2) My friend sent me this link to the Auschwitz foundation page. http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/
The site is available in Polish and English. (free record search) This site lists birth, marriage and death information in "the prisoner search" database. There are informational pages on collections, preservation, restorations, goals and finances. It is a well done site that I highly recommend reading through. There is a page about Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton pledging 15 million dollars on the behalf of the United States and encouraging other countries to do so (last month). Art work done secretly by prisoners is posted on this site. The thing I thought most impressive, is that they stated the reason for doing this was to preserve the concentration camp and records. As proof that it happened, so it can never happen again. I was so impressed reading how extensive the preservation efforts were. I believe that a worldwide interest in preserving history and records is so important and so awesome!
Footnote.com has 12 holocaust databases. (subscription paid for records) There are also some amazing historical documents about the camps. Including pictures of a camp Hitler had set up for propaganda. Pictures were staged and taken. Then sent out to show how the Jews were being "cared for". One of the databases are War Crimes Records. Here is my Jan Wandzel image I got from Footnote.com. (click on it, to view full screen).
4) Ancestry.com (subscription site) contains 18 holocaust databases. There are 45 Jewish databases on Ancestry.com. Including these 5 databases for Poland listed as free: Jewish birth, death and marriage collections. The Bedzin Jewish Census of 1939, and Jewish Survivors from the Keilce district 1945. All of the non-United States Jewish databases are listed as free. Ancestry.com's site says this information is all free, in cooperation/partnership with the Jewish Gen site.
If you have relatives that you can't find any family information about, and they were in Poland during WWII, I highly recommend checking these records. No matter the race, age, or ethnicity. Then remember to check back again periodically. These records are just at the beginning of being released online. Right now, records available are counted in the thousands. But millions of people will be accounted for with these records.
22 August 2010
2 family pictures: Lugwig Sanetra's wedding picture and an unknown family picture from Ludwig's family
I am thankful that Dirk Varnholt saw my blog this week, and identified this picture on my blog that I had titled "unknown Sanetra wedding picture". He identified the people in this picture as part of his family, and the picture as the wedding of Caroline Strzawi and Ludwig Sanetra. These pictures come from his family, and we somehow got a copy. There was Polish and German writing on the back of the picture, which actually identified the people in the picture. I did not understand the writing, because I only know English. I am very grateful to know who's wedding picture this is. Dirk and I are both searching for people who know about Ludwig's family. Like my Sanetra family, his family was separated during the war. He is trying to figure out who his relatives and ancestors are. We hope to find the relationship between Adam Sanetra and Ludwig Sanetra. If you know of this Sanetra family (or any other Sanetra family), please contact me. Comparing some information with Dirk, we know a little about Ludwig's family. I write this information, in hopes someone may recognize it. Ludwig Sanetra's siblings were separated.We know from some records that they were born in Zywiec, Poland. Some family went to Germany, some to Hungary, some to the United States, and some to the Czech Republic.
Ludwig had a sister name Franciszka Sanetra that married Karol Nasluchasz. He also had a sister named Marianne (Dirk's family) who married a Mr. Stachon. Franciszka and Ludwig immigrated to the United States. They each married in Chicago. Marianne remained in Europe. Ludwig, Franciszka and Marianne were the children of Jozef Sanetra and Regina Wojcik.They may have had more children.
The picture on the left and right of this paragraph are Ludwig Sanetra and Karoline Strzawi's marriage picture. Ludwig is also written on records as Ludwik or Louis Sanetra.
We wonder if this next picture could be Ludwig, his sister, her husband and a brother? We are also wondering if Micheal Sanetra that was in Chicago may be related. The Michael Sanetra in Chicago married Stella V. Mathuszewska and had 8 children that I know of. There was a Michael Sanetra who was the godfather to Agnes Sanetra, (Marianne Sanetra's daughter). Does anyone from the Micheal and Stella Sanetra family know if Michael was part of this family and was he the same Michael who was godfather to Agnes Sanetra? Also, does anyone from the Michael Sanetra family know if anyone in this family picture has a family resemblance to the Michael Sanetra in Chicago?
If you know of any other siblings of Ludwig, please email me or sign my guest book. If you know anything about the Ludwig or Michael Sanetra families in Chicago, or anything about these pictures, please email me or sign my guestbook.Thanks!
07 August 2010
This is Adam Sanetra married to his second wife Alfreda Mazurkiewicz. This picture is believed to be taken when they married.
04 August 2010
I found on the PGSA website today, that Marianna Klosak married Joseph Wojtas in 1910 in Minneapolis. And Marianna had her first child, Anna in 1910. This census entry was enumerated 25 Apr 1910, see (22 Feb 09 posting) . I would expect that to be married and have a child in the same year, that Marianna and Joseph married the early part of the year, and had the baby Anna later in the year. So I don't think the 1910 Census I found, could be right for my Marianna who traveled as Bronislawa Sanetra's aunt in 1911, because of the marriage and baby in 1910. So instead of being Marianna Klosak on the 1910 Census, I now expect to see her listed as Marianna Wojtas, newly married. But this also means Marianna would have left a young baby to go get Bronislawa Sanetra from Poland. This Marianna Klosak on the 1910 Census is the right age, and has the right father's name, Joseph Klosak. There is a single Mary Wojtas in 1910, and that is her maiden name. That's all I've been able to find in Minnesota so far. So I don't think I'm seeing the right Maryanna on the Census yet. On the PGSA Minnesota birth records database, there two men the same age showing up with the surname Wojtas in Minneapolis. Several Wojtas families are in Chicago, but we know our Wojtas were in Minneapolis. It is John and Joseph Wojtas. Possibly brothers? They both married a Mary. But it seems our lady seems to stay consistently Marianna, except on her death certificate it is shortened to Mary. I spent some time tracking the two men on City Directies, familysearch pilot record search page, looking on the 1910 and 1920 Census, and the PGSA site. For Joseph Wojtas and Marriana there were these children listed: Anna 1910, Rosalie 1913, and Caroline 1915. For John and Mary Wojtas (married 1913) there was Anna 1913, Stella 1915, Joseph 1921, and Robert Edward 1925.
see this link on PGSA site. Type in "Wojtas" and select "start with", instead of "exact". This is the Minnesota Births database: http://pgsa.org/polmarindex/RysBir.php
1911 February-When Bessie & Marianna immigrate, on Ellis Island, Jozef Wojtas is listed as 222 3rd Ave
1915 Minneapolis City Directory: Joseph Wojtas, porter, r 216 3d Ave NE
1917 Minneapolis City Directory: Joseph Wojtas, lab r 222 3rd Ave NE
1917 WWI draft card, gives address as r 222 3rd Ave NE
(No Joseph Wojtas on the 1919, 1921, or 1922 directories)
1923 Maryanna's death certificate, gives the address as 813 Marshall St NE
1964 Joseph's death certificate, gives address as 15 Growland Terrace, Minneapolis
Note, John Wojtas was on the 1920 Census and several Minneapolis City Directories at the address of: 965 Central Ave.
25 July 2010
Today I was looking on the PGSA website again. I saw something I had seen before, but a notation was added since I last looked at this information. So this web page shows Jozef Sanetra was born in Chicago, 25 Sep 1912. Jozef is pictured in the top right corner of my blog, standing in the doorway of a house he built for himself. He is listed with the middle name of Michal. This birth record is at Holy Trinity Church, in Chicago. It is located on film number 1703799, item 2, page 120, volume 10, enumeration #837. I will try to get this microfilm to get this actual record, because of it's unique notation. The index says Adam Sanetra was the father and Rosalie Wandzel was the mother. The note that stood out to me, I now have to find out what it means! It says under notes, "mom was Maslonka". So I started trying to think what this could mean. Could she have been married before she married Adam Sanetra? No, she was pretty young. So I went to recalculate how old she was when she married Adam Sanetra. She was only 14 and a half! So that was very young. Then I worried I had made a mistake on the dates. I looked at Rosalie's death certificate and our parish records and family letters again. They all show that Rosalie was born in Aug of 1885 and married Adam Sanetra in Feb 1900. I guess I just never did the math before, to realize she was so young! Rosalie died at age 33, having had 6 children. So Rosalie was born Wandzel, then was Sanetra from the time of marrying Adam in Feb 1900 to her death in Oct 1918. So then why would she be listed as Maslonka? and when? Her death certificates, her children and the parish records all said and knew her maiden name was Wandzel. (sometimes written as Vondzel).
I tried to brainstorm ideas with my mom and grandma. We know other people who have married this young, but it is much less common. Grandma asked what was going on politically, religiously then. My only theory that could make sense, is that I have been told the name Wandzel sounds Jewish. Whether it is or isn't wouldn't have mattered so much. What mattered is what people assumed. And assumptions often led to persecution if their name sounded Jewish. So could Rosalie have used the name Maslonka to sound more Catholic? Could she have married young, because marrying a man (Adam Sanetra) known to be Catholic with a Catholic sounding name offered protection? This is the only possible theory I can think of. If anyone has any other possible theory, please let me know. Right now, we know Rosalie Wandzel married Adam Sanetra in a Catholic church in Zablocie Poland. Her parents and grandparents names are listed on the registry record. We know the names of Rosalie's siblings, but that is all. So we do not know for sure yet whether Rosalie was born Jewish or Catholic. We just know for a fact that she married Adam in a Catholic church. I am still looking for Rosalie or her family on any record that would tell us their religion. I have found Wandzels from Zywiec and Zablocie on Concentration camp records. But that does not mean they are Jewish either. This is just all new information for me and I don't really know how to find records to prove religion yet, so I know where the rest of the family records are. Rosalie's family is not in the same parish records as Adam Sanetra's family. So was she in a different parish? Or was she another religion? I hope to know one way or the other some day. I did find someone with the name Wandzel from Zywiec, and his family was Catholic. But it looks like records can go either way for Rosalie Wandzel's family.
18 July 2010
Note: Click on the images in this posting to view full screen.
There is a new database on Ancestry.com that has been very helpful to me. It is still in the early stages. I keep finding new people each time I search it. I was told that the numbers written on the Ellis Island manifest, were a naturalization number. Now I have found a record to show this is true. I'm going to give two examples, one of a person who became a citizen and one who did not. This first database I want to tell you about, is a database called, "Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project)" The following record groups are in this database: 1) Connecticut 2) Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa (where my Chicago records have been found) 3) Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont 4) New York 5) Rhode Island
This is the source info on Ancestry.com. Here is the link to the full information page about this database. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 It is being done by volunteers. Here's a paragraph from this page with the embedded links: Ancestry.com. Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations
- Illinois State Genealogical Society Polish Genealogical Society of America Jewish Genealogical Society of Southern Nevada
Here are the two links for Adam Sanetra immigrating to the United States, through Ellis Island. They correspond with the dates on this record:
First time, with Rosalie in 1904:
Here is the second time, in 1923:
If you notice, there are not any numbers by Adam's name. Now here's something that confused me. On the index, it says Adam Sanetra was naturalized on 9 Apr 1926. But he was not. If you look at the fourth page, right above this text, you will see on the 9 April 1926, the court denied him citizenship. Maybe that field really means the date the court decides whether he is a citizen or not? Even if someone is denied citizenship, you can still apply for the application. And you can see from these 4 pages all the important information on this record. There is a number written by Adam, but I'm not sure what it means, on the 1923 record. It is 3-4713. I don't see that number on the index or naturalization paperwork.
So if you look at the index card, upper right corner, there's the number 11-264467. Then if you look at the Ellis Island link of the ship manifest, look at Matilda, which is line 11...after her name, there's 4 smaller boxes, then in the next bigger box is the matching number 11-264467, followed by the date 17 Sep 1940. The index card says date of naturalization was 21 Mar 1941. Maybe the September date was the court date, and the certificate was written and awarded in March? One thing we can see from this record, is that only Tekla, Felicia and Matilda in this family were naturalized. And we have their file numbers. I don't know Tekla and Felicia's married names or marriage dates yet, but I might find them with this number. Although on the 1920 Felix is living with his daughter Felicia and her husband which looks like Lucyan Borejszo, which is how it is indexed. Yet if you look close at the witness on Matilda's record, there is a Felicia living at the same address as Matilda, so she may be the sister remarried? I will keep looking through records to find more on that. On the Ancestry.com database, I was doing searches by the year 1910, when Matilda and her family immigrated. It doesn't show up on the cards, but on the text index (in search results), on Ancestry.com, I searched by the name Felicia, in 1910. I saw several, but none of them had the immigration date of 30 May 1910, which was when Felicia immigrated. This is still a very new database, so I will check back soon.
This is another place naturalization records are listed for Chicago: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/default.aspx, Adam Sanetra is in this database. The Bazarnik's are not. There is a lot of helpful information on this site about the process of naturalization.
There is one thing that throws me off though. It appears Matilda's record and index matching was typical. But there may be exceptions. For example, I didn't see a number on Kasimierz Bazarnik's manifest page. Here is the link to Kasimierz' Ellis Island immigration:
Footnote.com is another site I love and search a lot. It took me a month, paperwork to fill in, and over 20$ to get the record for Adam in this posting. But footnote has these records digitized and available by searching the database. I like footnote's way better! I have seen records in New York and Ohio on footnote.com. They may have more.
I hope this may be of help to someone searching for their ancestors naturalization/citizenship records. There is a lot of valuable information on these records. If you don't find your family in these records, keep checking back. These databases are brand new, and just in the beginning stages. Footnote.com, Ancestry.com, familysearch pilot page (the best for searching Ellis Island records, with direct links to the manifest pages) http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0, are all regularly updating their databases by the millions. The pilot page just added 30 million records last month. The Chicago link I put above is also still in beginning phases.
Open the link. Then in the "find box" type Bazarnik, and the name will be highlighted for you. So this record says: book #46, page # 257, license # 064056, application record 189, groom: Kasimir Bazarnik, bride: Matilda Malinoski, application date: 12 Aug 1922, return date: 5 Sep 1922, marriage date: 12 Aug 1922, marrying official: Howard K. Kemp JP (justice of the peace), Herbert L. Wheaton clerk.
Now that I had a maiden name, I wanted to see what I could find for her. I believe her name may actually have a "W" in it. Much more records show up if I type "Malinowski" instead of "Malinoski". Next I went to search Ellis Island records. I found her immigration. Her is the link to the annotation page. You can click to see the manifest from here: http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=101358050209&ANNID=288058
I have Matilda's naturalization index and her family on the 1920 Census. I'll post that in the next posting. More on Matilda and her family in my next post, within the next day or so...So far I still can't find Kasimierz on the 1920, or 1930 Census. He lived in Chicago, was in Detroit on the WWI draft card, then married in Gary, Lake, Indiana in 1922, was at the 1058 Marshfield address in 1923, then in the 1940's living at 2555 Cortez St (on WWII draft & both Kazimierz and Matilda's naturalization records.). Then Kazimierz' last address on SSDI was Gary, Indiana.
05 July 2010
04 July 2010
Ignace Baranowski & Anna Mazukiewicz timeline:
The cemetery listed is Oak Forest Cemetery, in Chicago. Also known as the Cook County poorhouse cemetery. I will try to find a phone number to confirm Ignace is in the cemetery records and see if by chance there's a record of Anna here too. I know he's not in a family plot, but they may have died about the same time, since he was not identified. I'll add the information I find to this post later. See this link about the cemetery: http://ssghs.org/oak_%20forest_%20hospital_%20cemetery.htm
21 June 2010
03 June 2010
This link shows the annotation for Ludwig Sanetra that lived in Chicago. You can click on "see manifest" to view the manifest. I was searching today on Ancestry.com, and saw Ludwig Sanetra under a naturalization index. It gave the date he arrived in the United States. So I searched the NY Immigration database on Ancestry.com because I can search with less fields. I searched only for a "Ludwig" immigrating in the year 1912. Then I skipped to the "S" names. I saw a Ludwig for the exact date the naturalization record stated, and he was listed as Ludwik Sancha. Because the "T" in Sanetra wasn't crossed. So then I saw the ship name on the Ancestry.com page and looked it up on Ellis Island, manually, under the ship search. Even though I could see the record on Ancestry.com, I still wanted to look it up on Ellis Island to save it to "My Ellis Island file" and to annotate the correct surname. Also, so I can share it more easily. This Ellis Island record states he is leaving behind his mother Regina Sanetra in Zablocie, Galicia (Poland.) It also states he is going to his brother in laws house Karol Nasluchacz on West 12th Street in Chicago.
I went to footnote.com & created a Footnote Page for Franciszka and Ludwig to connect them as siblings. And to connect each of their children to them, and to each other. Here is Franciszka's link, and you can see Ludwig's link there: http://www.footnote.com/page/111387028_franciszka_sanetra/
31 May 2010
24 April 2010
So I did searches in multiple databases. The surname Pontera or Pantera show up as Spanish or Filipino names, or as immigrants from those countries. But Julia was Polish. So now I have another surname to search for, but am still at a loss for proving or disproving Alfreda and Julia, or Alfreda and Karl or Adam and either Julia or Karl could be in-laws. Still trying to figure out these family relationships.
If you know this Kwiatkowski family, or any Kwiatkowski family from Chicago, I'd love to hear from you.
21 March 2010
I found Albert Zader on the 1910 Census, in Chicago, with a son John Zader, born in 1886. Click on image to view full screen. Albert Zader was listed as immigrating in 1905, & his son John came in 1909. They lived at 2505 Clyborne. Adam Sanetra gave the address 1769 Clyborne a few times over the years as his address. This Census is all I can find on Albert Zader.
The surname isn't very common. There is one other Zader family I found. A Herman Zader married to Albertyne. They had a daughter Lilia that died at age 5. She was buried at St. Lucas 27 Nov 1918.
I also wanted to notate that the household above the Zaders. I believe that is a Sanetra family, even though that first letter doesn't look like an "S". So that is George Sanetra, a tailor, wife Mary and daughter Josie born about 1904. Mary & Josie immigrated in 1910, & the Census was in May. So they probably immigrated between January & May of 1910. George immigrated in 1906.
If you know about Zaders in Chicago, or this George Sanetra, please email me, post a comment or sign the guestbook, Thanks!
06 March 2010
Peter Joseph Drechny was born 27 Jun 1866 in Poland. He died 24 Oct 1933. Peter married Walerya Lientarska. Peter arrived after the 1880 Census, there's no 1890 Census, but here are the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 Census. Click on images to view full screen. Also attached is Stanislaw's birth certificate, found on the LDS familysearch pilot page, at this link: http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#surname=drechney;p=recordResults;searchType=standard. Note on the 1930 Census: Walerya died 9 Jan 1926, and in 1930 Peter is remarried and listed with Julia Mazurkiewicz.
Peter and Walerya had the following children that I can find:
1) John Harry Drechny: born 19 Jan 1889
2) Stanislaus Aloysius Drechny: born 30 Apr 1891, died 9 May 1892
3) Boles C. Drechny: born 9 Feb 1893, died Jun 1975
4) Stephen Drechny: born 3 Jul 1894
5) Angela Drechny: born about 1895, died before the 1910 Census
6) Jennie Drechny: born about 1897
7) Sebastian Drechny: born about 1910
28 February 2010
I went to the PGSA website (Polish Genealogical Society of America), and looked at the obituaries index in the Dziennik Chicagoski newspaper. I found so much helpful info that I joined the society. I saw someone listed as as "Julia Kwiatkowski Janik-Drechny". I wondered who that could be and figured they had to be related with the names Kwiatkowski and Janik. I received the obituary last week, and to my surprise it was my relative Julia Mazurkiewicz! But unfortunately her maiden name was not in the obituary. I was also surprised the obituary was written in Polish, but I'm glad there was a Catholic Polish newspaper in Chicago. I knew this was my relative because it said Julia had the address of 1058 N. Marshfield. I didn't know what the Drechny name was from. While I was waiting for the obituary to arrive, I did searches on the surname Drechny, and I only saw one Drechny family in Chicago. It was Peter Drechny and Viola. I looked at the Drechny's address on the Census, plotted it on my Sanetra map and it was about 2 blocks from our family at 1058 N. Marshfield. So then, since I knew this Julia was ours, I ordered a death certificate for Julia Drechny. Sadly, her maiden name was not on her death certificate either. I was really hopeful to get something off her death certificate, like maiden name or parents names. Although the word "Pantera" is listed in the father's field-space for Julia, and I don't know what that means. I looked up "parent" and "father" in the Polish dictionary and Pantera does not equal either word. I'm finding lots of fields left "unknown" on records for my Polish relatives. Well, on Julia's death cert it does say her husband was Peter Drechny. So then I checked the IL state death index and saw Viola died in 1926. My next posting will be info on Peter and Viola, including Census and birth records I've already found.
So here is a time line for Julia Mazurkiewicz:
*** 7 Aug 1875 Julia is born in Poland
*** abt 1893 Julia married Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski
*** 5 Aug 1902 Julia arrives in the US with her 3 sons Joseph, Teddy & John, to join her husband Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski, in Chicago.
*** 20 Mar 1910 Julia's husband Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski died in Chicago
*** 1 Jul 1910 Julia married Karol Janik in Chicago
*** 31 Jan 1914 Julia's sisters Alfreda Mazurkiewicz and Anna Baranowski and Anna's son Kasimir Bazarnik arrive in the US
*** 28 Dec 1920 Julia's sister Alfreda married Adam Sanetra
*** 6 Jun 1922 Alfreda and Adam Sanetra return to Poland, being denied citizenship. In 1923, Adam Sanetra comes back to the US and lives with Julia and Karol Janik for a year. (Karol is from same town in Poland as Adam-Zywiec) Alfreda never returned to the US. Adam went back to Poland after about year.
*** 30 Apr 1928 Julia's husband Karol Janik died.
*** between 1928-1933 Julia married Peter Drechny. (After 1928 when Karol died but before 1933 when Peter died.) Peter became a widow in 1926.
*** 24 Oct 1933 Julia's husband Peter Drechny died. Julia returned to the 1058 Marshfield address where at least one of her sons still lived. Peter owned a home on the 1930 Census, but on his death certificate, his address says 1058 Marshfield Ave. So he and Julia moved there together before he died.
*** 7 Jun 1947 Julia Mazurkiewicz died, and was buried in St. Adalbert's cemetery (Catholic) by her husband Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski and Karol Janik. (Not sure about Peter Drechny yet, but he was buried in same cemetery.)
PS. I discovered from Julia's obit, that her son John Kwiatkowski changed his name to John Flowers. A posting soon on that after I get more info. I did find him on SSDI with the Flowers surname.
09 February 2010
Here again is Karol Janik's Ellis Island link :
02 February 2010
I typed in Zywiec and got 4 entries very close to each other, within a degree or so. Zywiec said: 49degrees 41'N 19 degrees 13'E, province in 1988 Bielsko, province in 2009 Slaskie, UTM grid CA70, map NM34-07. I typed in Zablocie and there were 21 entries. But one was very close to Zywiec: Zablocie, 49degrees 55'N, 18degrees 47'E province in 1988 Bielsko, province in 2009 Slaskie.
So I figured it was very likely my family was from Slaskie, but wanted some confirmation.
So I went to Ancestry.com to the Slaskie, Poland message board. I posted a picture of the two pictures of the churches (on my blog, top left column) and said they were from Zywiec and Zablocie. I asked if anyone could anyone confirm if they were in present day Slaskie. Someone thankfully did confirm, and told me the names of the churches. I knew the names were correct, because of the name on the parish records we had. But I wasn't sure which picture was which church, before the posting. The message posting also said Zablocie was a separate village which became part of Zywiec abt 1950. So I am very happy to know my family is in the province today known as Slaskie!
I marked a Google map with where my family was from in Poland, and put it at the bottom of the blog, above my Chicago Sanetra addresses map. I updated that Chicago map today too. I realized the local church/parish for Adam Sanetra when he placed the boys temporarily in the orphanage was St. Columbkille, at 1648 W. Grand Ave. When I plotted in on the map, I realized Adam and Alfreda lived within two blocks of that church. Then the boys were transferred to St. Hedwig's orphanage, in a different parish. Possibly because there wasn't an orphanage at St. Columbkille. On the 1920 Census, there weren't orphans listed at St. Columbkille.
31 January 2010
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I was doing more searches on Karol Janik. There were 5 Karol Janik's with this exact spelling. Then I was going to try fuzzy searches. I set to ruling them all out. And then this last one, I realized it fit perfect. It's the very day he says on his naturalization record, that he immigrated, & he's a tailor just like his record says. Julia was a tailor too. Also, we knew Karl was married once before, because of the notation on the Catholic index, but had no idea to who. So this record shows, he was widowed when he came to this country. So his first wife didn't live in the United States.
So here's the part I'm most intrigued with. He says he's coming to live with his cousin Andrew Gowin in NY, on Losington (?) Ave, NY. I didn't consider this record before, because I thought Karol went straight to Chicago. But because this info matches the naturalization for Karl exactly, with the Marshfield Ave address, it has to be him. See posting 28 Dec 2009. So the part about Karl's cousin being Andrew Gowin....I always thought there had to be more of a connection between Karol & Adam. And this may be it. Adam Sanetra's mother is Franciska Gowin. Adam & Karol are about the same age. Adam's mother had a brother named Andrew Gowin, but I don't know if he immigrated or not yet. So that'll be my next search.
So this Anna died at age 44, so she was born abt 1867 in Poland & immigrated abt 1906. She lived in Chicago the whole 5 years. It is unknown whether she was married or not. Her address was 2564 Ashland Ave. (I'm sure it was North Ashland which would put her right next to all my family.) I added her address to the Sanetra map at the bottom of the blog.
So my searches for Anna Sanetra: I can only find one Anna on a Census, and that is the 1920 Census (after this Anna dies) and that Anna was daughter of Thomas Sanetra & Jadwiga Biel, in Minneapolis. On immigration, I can only find two Anna Sanetra's, but neither match. One immigrated on 13 Mar 1906, but she was age17, 22 years younger than the Anna in this death certificate. The only other Anna I could find was the same Anna who was daughter of Thomas Sanetra, in Minneapolis, age 4, immigrating 2 years after this Anna died. I looked up the address 2564 N. Ashland on the Census maps, but Agnes was not at that address on the 1910 Census. I can't really read the cemetery name, just that it starts with a Du & ends in Y. Maybe something like Dunway? I'm sure she's buried in a paupers grave, since only the hospital was the informant.
Anna is within blocks of Michael & Stella Sanetra. She's also close to Jozef & Rozalia Sanetra who I'm still trying to learn about. She's also living by Clybourn Ave, where Adam Sanetra kept giving his address. If any one knows anything of this Agnes, I'd appreciate hearing about her & who her family was. Thanks.